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Understanding the Research Article: Reading towards Writing (5 weeks)

May 12, 2020 @ 2:00 pm 3:15 pm UTC

Duration: May 12 to June 9 (5 weeks)

GPS Credits: 2.33 in Research-Related Skills

What are the typical “moves” made in the opening section of a Research Article? How do you use the words and work of others to support your arguments without losing your own voice? How do you introduce and incorporate a theoretical framework? Is speaking in the first person appropriate? What strategies are at play in an article’s conclusions? These are typical questions for those who wish to publish their work in scholarly journals. While graduate students spend a great deal of time reading research articles, when it comes to writing them, they often have difficulty following the example of what they have read. This course is designed to help graduate students write research articles by increasing their familiarity with the established forms of articles published in their own discipline. Through class discussion and close readings of articles drawn from representative fields of study, we will analyze discourse strategies in order to answer the above questions and more. The course will also consider technical writing issues, such as what verb tense works and strategically using the passive or active voice. Students will also receive feedback on the research papers that they themselves are writing.​

Course duration: 5 weeks with an optional tutorial in the sixth week.

This course is suitable for students engaged in writing non-experimental research articles.

Subject to attendance and work submission requirements, this course may be used for credit in the School of Graduate Studies Graduate Professional Skills program.